Baclaran mall fire reaches 20th hour


Posted at Aug 10 2008 10:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2008 12:56 AM

The fire at a mall in Baclaran in Pasay City has reached the 20th hour as of posting time as officials raised the Task Force Foxtrot alarm, a step away from alerting all fire engines in Metro Manila to come to the rescue.

At the same time, the Light Rail Transit Authority on Monday canceled train operations at the LRT-1 Baclaran station after fire hit the Mega-Plex building Sunday night. The mall is near the LRT station.

Firefighters said they have yet to put out the fire that hit the Mega-Plex building. Pasay fire marshal Federico Maslang said the blaze started at the building’s ground floor where textile materials were reportedly kept.

Authorities have barred stall owners from entering the burning building.

The fire took place following last month's blaze at the Wellcom Plaza beside the LRT Libertad Station, also in Pasay.  

Last week, a predawn fire gutted the Good Earth Plaza building in Sta. Cruz, Manila, forcing the LRTA to shut down operations in its Carriedo station. With a report from radio dzMM